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RECRUITMENT NOTICE - Attorney Advisor

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Agency Title: Attorney Advisor
Job ID: 6539
Open To: Public
Open Period: March 5, 2019 – March 26, 2019 

Overview:

This position is located in the DC Office of Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED). DMPED assists the Mayor in the coordination, planning, supervision, and execution of economic development efforts in the District of Columbia with goals of creating and preserving affordable housing, creating jobs and increasing tax revenue. DMPED pursues policies and programs that create strong neighborhoods, expand and diversify the local economy, and provide residents with pathways to the middle class.

Position Description:

This position is located in the DC Office of Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED).  DMPED assists the Mayor in the coordination, planning, supervision, and execution of economic development efforts in the District of Columbia with goals of creating and preserving affordable housing, creating jobs, and increasing tax revenue.  DMPED pursues policies and programs that create strong neighborhoods, expand and diversify the local economy, and provide residents with pathways to the middle class.    

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Provides legal advice to the Deputy Mayor and his staff on legal issues involving DMPED’s programs and operations.
  • Prepares legal documents on complex and substantive matters, sometimes of an urgent nature, providing summary analyses of issues and recommendations for consideration of the Deputy Mayor and his staff. 

  • Conducts legal research on laws relevant to DMPED’s programs and provides clear, well-reasoned analysis on the findings in either a written or oral format. 

  • Represents DMPED in the negotiation of the terms of complex real estate, affordable housing, and finance transactions, grant agreements, and other related contracts, with third parties. 

  • Counsels the Deputy Mayor and his staff on conflict of interest issues, government ethics, and FOIA.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate: 

  • Understanding of the mission, functions, organization, policies, and system requirements of the District of Columbia government as well as the mission and programs of DMPED.

  • Ability to excel in a fast-paced working environment by providing responsive and well-reasoned legal advice and work product on time-sensitive issues.  Produces written work product that is clear, concise, and free from errors in a short period of time.

  • Superior critical thinking and analysis of legal issues, some of which may be novel.

  • Superior communication skills both orally and in writing to prepare and present oral and narrative reports. Superior legal writing and public speaking skills. Ability to exercise tact, discretion and skill in personal relations in dealing with persons at various level, job categories, and groups, especially in a public forum. 

Experience/Qualifications:

  • Juris Doctorate (JD) required. Must be a graduate from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association and at least three years of related experience in the legal field, in real estate acquisition and disposition, economic development, land use, or affordable housing financing.   
  • Candidates who have independently handled complex transactions will be more highly rated.   
  • Experience in municipal law and drafting legislation is preferred, but not required.

Selection Factor 

Must be a current member in good standing of the District of Columbia Bar or be eligible for waiver into the bar. 

Collective Bargaining  

This position is in the collective bargaining unit represented by AFGE Local 1403. If you opt to join the union, and consent, a service fee will be paid through direct payroll deduction. 

Salary: This position is a grade 14 on the District government’s career service salary scale. The salary ranges from $116,228 to $151,112.  Actual salary is determined by a variety of factors including: years of experience, applicant qualifications, internal equity comparisons and the agency organizational structure.  

Application Process: This position is posted on the DC government’s Department of Human Resources (DCHR) website. Interested applicants are encouraged to follow the steps below to apply for the position: